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We provided feedback to the Tasmanian Housing Strategy Exposure Draft. Our recommendations outlined in our letter below include: a review of the Residential Tenancy Act (1997) to strengthen tenants’ security of tenure, rent regulation, pets and minimum standards; a commitment to retaining existing public housing stock and a set percentage of public housing in the […]

Our short-stay rental hosts are hardly battlers Earlier this year the Australian spokesperson for Airbnb was quoted in The Mercury (21/02) as saying “short-term rentals provide a way for everyday people to stay afloat and combat rising cost of living and growing mortgage repayments”. Similarly, in a 2019 submission to the Legislative Assembly Select Committee […]

An analysis of short stay accommodation permit data in the Hobart City Council municipality.

Rents continue to rise without any major relief. Rents for 3-bedroom properties are particularly high in and around population centres, with Glenorchy recording the highest increase compared to last year’s prices of $60 per week and Kingston area recording the highest quarter change with an increase of $35 per week. Only in the North West […]

We have provided a submission to a Senate Cost of Living Inquiry calling for a significant increase in social housing and income support, a review of commonwealth rent assistance and a strengthening of residential tenancy legislation.      Read our submission below.

On Friday, twelve community organisations, including the Tenants’ Union wrote to Premier Jeremy Rockliff calling on him to ease cost of living pressures by maximising the use of existing residential premises. Find the letter below:

What is an empty homes levy?   Countries and cities around the world including Vancouver, France, Ireland, Scotland and Melbourne encourage investors to make their residential properties available to long-term tenants by imposing an empty homes levy. The levy is charged if the investor chooses to keep the property empty without a good reason. How much is […]

The latest Tasmanian Rents data has been released. It shows increases in most parts of the island both, in relation to the last quarter as well as the last year. Long term data shows that rent prices continue to rise much faster than they used to prior to approximately 2016/17. Traditionally, rent increases are most […]

Our offices will be closed from Thursday, 22.12.2022 COB to Tuesday, 3.1.2023. The advice line will be open until midday Thursday, 22.12.2021 and will re-open at 9:30 am on 3.1.2022. Our drop-ins will resume on Tuesday, 10.1.2023. However, appointments can be made for 3.1.-9.1.2023. We wish everyone happy holidays!